Maggie Cooper, a 27-year veteran tax analyst with the Internal Revenue Service has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 38 counts of money laundering and money laundering conspiracy.
The indictment alleges that beginning in or about 2011 and continuing through September 2012, the 62-year-old Cooper conspired with others to conduct financial transactions with proceeds obtained from marijuana trafficking, said Edward Stanton, U.S. District Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.
Stanton announced the indictment late Thursday afternoon.
The U.S. District Attorney said Cooper specifically would make purchases in her name with money derived from her co-conspirators' unlawful activity, with the understanding that the purchased items would be paid for and owned by the co-conspirator, including the purchase of a 2007 Jaguar XKR.
The investigation was conducted by the IRS-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), and the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit.
The indictment further alleges that Cooper allowed bank accounts to be opened in her name for her co-conspirator to facilitate marijuana purchases and sales.
According to court documents Cooper's son, Phillip Brunson, was arrested by the MPD Organized Crime Unit in September 2012. In those court papers police say Brunson had 10 pounds of marijuana with him.
If convicted, Cooper faces up to 20 years in federal prison, $500,000 in fines and criminal forfeiture as alleged in the indictment.
The IRS has declined comment.